Saturday, June 14, 2008

What People Want

It's interesting and helpful to know what brings people to my blog, so occasionally I check the search terms readers use. By far, the most common inquiry is "how to get rid of stray cats". That search will take them here and here (Note: the second link is far more useful). I had no idea there were that many unwanted cats in the world. The worst search string is "how to poison feral/stray cats". It's so upsetting to know that people are actually considering this option. I do not, under any circumstances, condone poisoning an animal.

Disheartening as it is to discover that people are looking for ways to kill an animal, I'm happy to report that many folks are looking for ways to help sick pets, feed bunnies living in their backyards, or ideas on how to keep their pets entertained.

A few other memorable searches:

"What to do when dog eats thong"
I have no idea. In fact, I can't recall ever using the word 'thong' in my blog.

"Wearing fur for bugs"

"Alcoholic names for pets"
This is searched quite often, so don't be surprised if you meet a Chocolate Martini or Bloody Mary next time you visit the dog park.

I hope that no matter what brings readers here, they will return to share some of their own stories and comments.

Update July 8, 2008: Yesterday, someone discovered my site with the search "is rabbit safe to eat from the backyard". I wouldn't recommend it. I don't think the rabbit would either.


Georgie said...

>>>Alcoholic names for pets<<<

Well, I've got to say the name "Cosmo" for a feisty little chihuahua -- is not half bad. : )

But then again, it was a hot day here in New York, so maybe that's just all those Long Island Ice Teas talking -- that I guzzled down today.

jan said...

There are some strange people using Google, aren't there?

I do hope the trap, neuter, release approach to feral cats continues to gain acceptance.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Georgie -- "Tequila", for a chihuahua, might work too. People just have to remember that should their dog get lost, they will have to roam the streets calling its name.

Lynn Sinclair said...

I forgot to mention one other search that brings people to my blog -- "identifying skunk poop". Interesting.

Unfortunately, people may believe the TNR method requires too much time and effort.

Heidi the Hick said...

My horse's name was...

Champagne Fix!

I can't take credit for naming him but I always thought it was the coolest name for a horse, ever!

NuclearToast said...

I'm laughing because, like you, I'm constantly surprised at the crazy search terms people use to find my site. Although the number one search term, by a wiiiiide margin, is "McPizza". Because I made (a you'll probably recall) a McPizza.

Lynn Sinclair said...

I agree, Heidi, Champagne Fix is a great name.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Yes, NT, I remember the McPizza. Just took another look at it, and have decided that I should paste a picture of it on my fridge -- you know, to stop me from eating. Man, that was a heart-stopper meal.

Lynn Sinclair said...

I just remembered I used the word "thong" in this post

Paul said...

I was poring over the latest report for our pet accessories website yesterday (it's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it...) and came across a search term that had me and my colleague laughing for ages.

Someone had found us by searching for "what is the world's oldest pet fish"?!? Leaving aside the rather obvious fact that there's no way anyone could possibly know that, we couldn't work out why on earth someone would want to know that in the first place?! Idle curiosity perhaps? Filling a bored 5 minutes at work? Just wondered?!

After that had died down, it then dawned on us that they found OUR WEBSITE searching for that...which was even more disturbing! Can only assume it was this post about the world's oldest dog. But I do wonder about Google's algorythms sometimes...

Lynn Sinclair said...

Lol, Paul. Yes, seeing what brings people to my site makes me realize that one must be very specific when searching -- or else Google will dredge up the most useless results.